In class we are learning to compare and contrast as we read. Remember, when you compare things you are searching for similarities and things that are alike and when you contrast things you look for differences between them.
I would like you to compare or contrast two characters from Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Please write one comment and then reply on a classmate's comment. Remember to only write your first name in your comment.
The first round of movie trailers is up on the class site. Go to the Student Work page (http://journeywithmrsk.weebly.com/students-work.html) to see some creative work.
The first three groups poster are:
Kazuha, Sally, Soyoun, and Olda
DK, KJ, and Matheus
After I have converted all the videos into the correct format I will post them as well. For now, enjoy the first three movie trailers. Don't forget to leave constructive feedback for them read!
We started the year reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It is great read for many reasons, but my favorite being the theme of the book, choose kind. Our class has been enthralled with the story and we have really enjoyed hearing from all the different narrators throughout the book. This book also ties in nicely with our Giant theme of the month, kindness. We will continue to discuss and do activities connected to our reading skills and strategies, as well as character development.
Amazon's summary: August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
"Wonder is the best kids' book of the year," said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
Now here's my challenge to you:
How are you going to choose kind today? Join the conversation on twitter #thewonderofwonder
Head on over to the Students' Work page and check out their Glogs. (Click the link in red to take you to see their work.) After viewing the Glogs please leave a comment or compliment for our class to read!
In our last video lesson I asked the students to send me an email including why they like flipped learning. Below are their responses:
5A Students say...
"What I like more of the flipped learning videos is that is very flexible because you can do it every time and everywhere you want to remember something of the last lesson or you can study too so that is what I like more from the flipped learning videos."
"I really like looking at the videos you make with the Prezi because it is more fun than just hearing you. Also because I can go back and check the meaning of words. For example, magnitude."
"I like flipped learning because we can watch the video how much times we want."
"My favorite part of flipped learning is that you could just go at your pace and not make other people wait and start talking and you could just go on if you understood everything. Also, I like the fact that you could just see the part you did not understand as many times as you want."
"The thing that I like the most is that we see things that we are going to learn in the next day of school, just to warm up."
"My favorite thing in flipped learning is that we don't just get a worksheet for homework and just doing it, instead its more easy to see the video and learn new staff."
"I like that we do our homework in class and we do our work at home."
"I like the idea of flipping schoolwork and homework, and watching a video instead of actually listening to the teacher, because when you don't understand, you would have to ask your teacher about it, and it would disturb the class. With flipped learning, we can just go back to the part we didn't understand and just watch it again!"
"My favorite thing about flipped learning is that you can view the videos as many times as you want, and that if somebody does not get it, and you got it you don't have to listen to the teacher saying the same thing."
"I´m loving everything in flipped learning because I don´t like writing because my hand hurts and I don´t forget sheets of homework, so for my that's better and that's what I like about Flipped learning."
Parents--Do you like flipped learning for your child? What are your favorite things about flipping? (Please leave a comment on this post)
Pais - Você gosta capotou aprendizado para o seu filho? Quais são as suas coisas favoritas sobre lançando? (Por favor, deixe um comentário neste post)
I am trying to streamline our class site and think that posting all the newsletters together will be helpful to parents and students. You can now access weekly newsletters underneath "Information for Students" and "Information for Students". This way they are all in the same place and you don't have to scroll through different posts.
Below is the presentation I went over at Open House. If you were unable to make it, please take a momen
I am so excited to begin a new, individualized way to teach math in the 2013-2014 school year. I have worked hard to create a curriculum and format for math class that will challenge the students and help them become more proficient. This year will be conducted in a new format, which is called a “flipped” classroom. Since this will be new for both the students and parents, I wanted to explain it so I can answer any questions that you might have.
A “flipped” classroom format is defined as a class that does what has been traditionally thought of as classwork as homework, and what has been traditionally thought of as homework as classwork. This is not a new idea, or even my idea. This is being used in many types of classrooms across the world. This summer I was fortunate enough to take classes for my Masters and thoroughly researched the “flipped” classroom and I am confident that this format is going to allow your child to be more successful in math
Students will be able to use computers, iPods, or Smartphones to watch the lectures which I have created. These lectures are given in different formats, for example PowerPoint or Prezi, and will be similar to the style of lectures from a traditional class. This format enables students to watch lectures at their own pace, replay lectures when they need additional help, and helps students that miss class keep up with their classmates.
If I am no longer giving a formal lecture in class, what will be going on in the classroom? During regular class time, students will be completing assigned activities that help them put into practice the concepts that were learned in the lectures at home. Additionally, students will work on real world problem solving, have group discussions to deepening understanding, receive individual help, and creating their own ways to show their understanding in class. Students will be able to work in small groups or individually to accomplish their assigned tasks. Since I am not giving a formal lecture during class time, students will be able to complete more activities to increase their knowledge and challenge themselves with harder material.
In this format, not only will the students be working hard, but I will be too. I will be able to answer more questions during class time and interact more with each student. I will be able to do more checks for comprehension and be able to address any problems that students are having with the material quickly. I will also be able to have more conversations using math vocabulary with students both individually and in small groups, which will increase their math terms.
I introduced this new format to the class and we discussed the benefits and responsibilities. They were excited and eager to begin. Since this is a new format, we will begin slowly and will not be fully “flipped” until all students have shown they can access and watch the videos from home.
I am looking forward to making this school year our best yet at EAC. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. The best way to reach me is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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